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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2016

    Question Options for buying interstate, sight unseen?

    Hey guys,

    So, I'm over trying to find a car that meets my specs locally and have started to look interstate. It just so happens there is one that ticks all the boxes on the other side of the country but in my line of work, I can't find the time to fly over and see it in the metal so to speak.

    The car in question is still under new car warranty and is located at a "reputable" dealership...

    I would of course have the relevant checks performed (redbook inspection, encumbered vehicle check etc) and have it transported back.

    Anyhow, I'm really struggling to come to grips with buying a car sight unseen. Anyone been in a similar situation or have any opinions on this sort of thing? Am I crazy for even thinking of doing this?

    I'm after a very clean example and not sure to what level the inspection report (or dealer comments) would cover that?

    Is this even the kind of thing where a fellow forum member in the home state could duck over at lunch time and take a look (perhaps with some relevant photos)? Transfer of beer money would be involved of course

    I'm certainly no mechanic so I would only be looking at superficial stuff anyhow.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    As Mike said to Greg on the Brady Bunch "Caveat Emptor".

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Iím in WA, the VXII R8 I purchased was in QLD. I paid VIP Automotive Solutions about $550 (cheaper than flights/time off etc) to give me a detailed report and over 20 hi res photos. At the time we are talking a 20k vehicle. It sounds like yours would be substantially more given it has a warranty. For peace of mind I would recommend a similar purchase of inspection and not going off what a dealer reckons. Also, if you want to haggle, VIP will negotiate on your behalf for a better price. Itís all on their website.

    Just for clarification, no I am not employed by nor ever have been by VIP. There are other companies that are similar but I had transport and everything else arranged by VIP and just paid the once for everything.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Perth, WA
    Sounds like a good service, I'm surprised I haven't heard of it before

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Considering itís from a dealer and still under factory warranty the risk would be greatly reduced. In NZ there is consumer law to protect us against this kind of stuff if it turns out to be a lemon, presumably you have similar laws in AU?

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2016
    I've purchased under similar conditions and it's never been an issue. Man up and take the plunge. ��
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Sth West Syd ��
    I used state roads in Sydney and they were good. I then used state roads in Victoria and it was the biggest waste of money. Can be hit and miss

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Id be paying for an inspection of some sort

    Ive bought high end 6 figure cars 2nd hand from reputable dealers and they will still delivered with multiple issues despite all their checks they claim to do

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    agree with above, not so easy once it leaves the dealer. get someone or pay someone as stated, a professional.

    WE can even get sucked into buying a NEW car that has been repaired it is legal I'm told. get someone that can check the door bolts for touch up paint and the front guard bolts, they should use a high power torch, I use a bike torch so you are focusing on one spot. wax can hide lots of shit until you wash the car a few times. id pay the $500 or whatever for a professional.
    Id do it for a few beers, then hate myself when I missed something. Has it been "de modified" ! engine wise.
    as for buying site unseen and trucking it interstate, add me to the list I have brought lots of stuff site unseen, but only new cars.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Mate I;m with all the blokes recommending a closer inspection,,,
    Why......twelve months or so ago...bought my dream car a VE 325 GTS.
    I am from Nth Qld and the vehicle was at a reputable dealer on he Gold Coast...
    First sighting was when I handed over the cheque..
    Nice , bright and shiny 2010 Gts on the showroom floor...
    3 months later after a multitude of issues....I traded for a brand new one..
    Dropped 15 g overnight....took all the fun outta my new Gts I can tell ya.
    Mate.....DO YOUR HOMEWORK....

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